The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
It's a little hard to believe that this is from the same author as Beautiful Creatures and the rest of the Caster Chronicles 'verse, and the still-unfinished Legion trilogy. It's a little something completely different for Kami Garcia, and it carries a similar "I want to keep going" addictive prose...but unfortunately, it fails to deliver characters I can care about to go along for the ride. I'm at a loss to see what possessed Garcia to write such a hackneyed story that checks off all the "edgy YA contemporary" boxes, particularly the dreaded "bad boy" trope. Unless perhaps it was to beat Maggie Stiefvater to writing an auto-racing-themed YA book and make Stiefvater gnash her teeth furiously over it?
Seriously, I hope this detour into the "real world" is only temporary, because I know Garcia can score well in paranormal fiction, and she still has to finish the Legion trilogy, doesn't she? For now, though, I'm DNFing this book after about 75 pages.
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